Event # 306 14th July 2018
Written by: Deb King
Published by: Helen Dixon
Photos: Sadly nobody volunteered for this role this week! If you fancy it another week email email@example.com
Another Saturday morning dawned in Woodford Park, and as the early morning Facebook post from Run Director Sarah said, it was scorchio out there! My outside thermometer was already reading 22 degrees when I got up at 7.30 and it was markedly warmer by the time runners started to assemble just before 9.
“Take it easy” and “keep hydrated” were the messages of the day, and judging by the numerous water bottles stashed in any shady places that could be found, most people were taking the advice to heart. As we ran around the course, you could almost hear the sighs of relief as people hit the various shady parts of the course, especially after the desert-like state of the back field! Thankfully the Sutton family marshals on the back field were cheering us on from their shady spot under the trees by the pavilion with some energising music and constant clapping, that could be heard around the whole field, since there were no footballers to drown them out. A much needed boost for us all.
After finally crossing the finish line, most people found it was good to sit and gather under the shade of the trees by the finish funnel to enjoy the shade and some rehydration/chat time, while the brave volunteers continued to stand out in the sunshine until the tail walker had been cheered across the finish line.
It seems that the heat didn’t bother some people though, with 22 of you achieving PBs, a remarkable feat in those temperatures, so well done everyone!
A few official and unofficial milestones were also hit this week, with Jake Pirouet achieving his junior 10 milestone, Bob Brookes with 50 runs, and Matthew Sargent with an unofficial but still significant 150 - well done!
We also welcomed 28 first timers, as well as tourists from various other locations.
As always, thanks to all the volunteers that allow the event to run as smoothly as it does. Please consider whether you can volunteer to help keep the event running. None of the roles are too tricky, and some can be done as well as running (like run report writer!) so please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help out one week.
Now for the stats:
This week 290 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
Michael Ian SOUTHERTON • Rhona Louise SOUTHERTON • Chris SUTTON • Joanne KENT • Helen M DIXON • Amanda HALL • Javier PEREZ-AMOROS • Phil MACKENZIE • Timothy Moger CLARK • Lucy SUTTON • Sarah HILLING • Stan PATTENDEN • Peter KEEN • Adam MAHONEY • Julia MAHONEY • Erica FAIRHURST • Spike FAIRHURST • Jessica DOLAN • Ian MCGUINNESS • Martyn ALLEN • Emma HAILE • Claire SOUTHERTON • Harsh DESAI • Iain MACKENZIE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).
Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,545 participants have completed 75,494 parkruns covering a total distance of 377,470 km, including 13,149 new Personal Bests.